The resolution with Martin Wallace and what to expect from here on out
Thanks to the "many of you" who have congratulated us on the resolution with Martin and, as he said in his press release, "putting this behind us and moving forward". I also want to thank Patrick Olmstead, Martin's attorney, for helping Martin and me finally and definitively resolve our differences of the past. I realize that some of you would like more details about the resolution but I hope you will be content with the fact that it is done; and you will respect that there are many things that need to be kept confidential and private about this. That is exactly what we intend to do. It would be appreciated if ALL of us can say, "Whew! This is finally over!" and move on.
Moving on involves the fun and exciting task of concentrating on the high-quality production that we intend to make of Age of Steam Deluxe. My wife Joanne and I, as well as our stalwart band of 7 employees at Eagle-Gryphon Games, plan to do just that--move on and produce a great game for you.
I do read all of your Comments even though it is Randal who does such a great job of responding to most of them. Obviously there seems to be great interest in 3-player boards, and equally obviously it is a "gap" between the 1 and 2 player boards and the "optimally for" 4-6 player boards we are offering as part of this campaign. As a result we are looking at the strong likelihood of providing two more maps that are 3-player focused -- one on each side of another dual-sided gameboard. We will have further information for you about this before the end of this KS campaign, and we will plan to offer this new combo gameboard as an Optional Buy (add-on) during the subsequent PledgeManager.
We greatly appreciate your support of this campaign. We hope that you will agree that we have done our part by providing you a great deal on a great game that will get a great production (you will need to trust us on the latter matter by looking at our recent productions of Vital Lacerda's terrific games).
As to the "great deal" part of it, here is our outlook. The MSRP of the base game of AOSD (which will contain 6 total maps) will be $90. If we achieve the last one of the 4 Stretch Goals planned ( 4 maps contained on two dual-sided gameboards) we will also be providing for free, to KS backers only, another $40-$50 MSRP value ($20-25 per each of the two dual-sided gameboards). That's a total of $130-$140 at MSRP which KS Backers are getting for $67.
We need you to understand that this means we have reached our limit -- both physically and financially. Physically, we will have reached the capacity of the box that these must go into. This is one BIG box, folks! It is a bit bigger than the boxes we put Vital's games into and most of you already realize how big a box that is. It is made from the same (very heavy) thick cardboard as those games. This is necessary because the contents are very heavy as well. We are now talking about 10 maps on 5 four-panel, double-sided game boards (well, not quite because St Lucia/Barbados is two-panel). Those poker chips add some weight, as do the plentiful wood bits, and thick track pieces. We don't have a final number yet, but I think we are likely talking about a package that approaches 15 pounds (7 kg) in weight. That box is FULL!
Financially, please consider that we need to pay for the great art and graphics of the amazing Ian O'Toole, and we need to pay some significant royalties. We need to pay for all of those upgraded components mentioned above, plus the containers to get this heaviness out of China. Finally, we need to pay the typical overhead of running a small company. All this and, though it will be a challenge in this case, we would actually like to make some sort of profit for our efforts. We have reached our financial limit on what we can offer you for "free".
So the Finland map we are offering -- if/when we reach 2400 Backers -- will be the final Stretch Goal for this campaign. We will, as mentioned above, continue to look for opportunities to publish additional maps, and we appreciate your thoughts about what these should be. But understand that any further maps we offer will be Optional Buys (add-ons) and offered during the PledgeManager only to those of you who pledge (even as little as $1) to this KS campaign.
Because you have likely reached (or exceeded) your limit for the length of this Update, let's end it here. Another Update, later this week, will discuss the poker chips "color and denomination" issues (that's another story so stay tuned for that one).
In the meantime, thanks again for your support for Age of Steam Deluxe and your kind words about the resolution with Martin. Both are much appreciated.
Rick Soued, Owner, Eagle-Gryphon Games